How to Install Soakaway Crates?Karen Evans
Soakaway crate systems play a vital role in preventing flooding by maintaining water levels in your drains. When it comes to their installation, we have put together a guide below for smaller soakaway systems.
In the case of larger soakaway systems, you will need the assistance of specialist installers, such as ourselves.
What are Soakaway Crates?
Water can build up in your gutters, driveways or french drains, which can cause problems for you and your home if it’s left to filter through your communal pipes.
If this water becomes excessive, it can lead to burst pipes, or worse – flooding – both leading to extensive repair work being required. Building your own personal soakaway can prevent these problems from occurring.
Stormwater crates also work in a similar way and are perfect for groundwater infiltration. They allow up to 97% of their occupied space to fill with water, so are a very effective way to capture rainwater, and can even withstand up to 80 tonne vehicles parking on top of them. They are a lower-capacity solution that is nonetheless quick and easy to set up, inexpensive and basically maintenance-free.
How to install Soakaway Crates
Step 1 – Create space
Excavate the area, making a hole that is the right size for the crates and the top, side and base fillers of gravel and sand.
Step 2 – Prepare the crates
You should receive some clips or ties with the crates. These are used to hook up the crates to prevent movement while the side-filling materials are added.
Always wrap the soakaway crates with a geotextile membrane to maintain the performance of the system.
Step 3 – Prepare the base
A layer of sharp sand or pea gravel should be put into place before the crates are lowered, then the geotextile membrane should be fitted inside the hole, ready for the soakaway crates to sit on top of.
Step 4 – Hook up to the drainage system
Some soakaway crates have a separate section in place for the stormwater pipe to be connected. If not, it can be placed next to the crates and held in place by the side fill. We can provide fabricated inlets for our crate systems.
Step 5 – Cover the crates
To secure the crates, remember to add side and back-fill to the crates. This can be done using sand or pea shingle, which needs at least six inches to be placed around the sides and on the top of your crates.
Step 6 – Replace any ground that was removed
The last step is to replace any ground and turf that was removed or any other relevant surface topping.
Your soakaway crate system is now ready for action!